Wednesday, June 10, 2020

June is Brain Health Awareness Month

A recent study found that adults with a history of stroke, heart disease, and COPD were more likely to report cognitive decline compared to adults without those conditions.

The study also found that a significant proportion of adults with cognitive decline also had chronic diseases. Cognitive decline may affect a person’s ability to manage their chronic conditions.

There is growing scientific evidence that healthy behaviors, which have been shown to prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, also may reduce risk for cognitive decline. 

Here are eight steps you can take for a healthy body and healthier brain.
  • Quit Smoking—Quitting smoking now improves your health and reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related illnesses. Free quitline: 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669).
  • Prevent and Manage High Blood Pressure—Tens of millions of adults in the United States have high blood pressure, and many do not have it under control. Learn the facts.
  • Prevent and Manage High Cholesterol—Nearly 1 in 3 American adults has high cholesterol. Learn how to manage your cholesterol levels and lower your risk.
  • Maintain a Healthy Weight—Healthy weight isn’t about short-term dietary changes. Instead, it’s about a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.
  • Get Enough Sleep—A third of American adults report that they usually get less sleep than the recommended amount.
  • Stay Engaged—There are many ways for older adults to get involved in their local community. Here are some activities to consider.
  • Manage Blood Sugar—Learn how to manage your blood sugar if you have diabetes.
  • If You Drink, Do So in Moderation—Learn about alcohol use and your health.

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